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Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2022

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022
  • Sun 21 Aug 2022
  • 1:30—2:50PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: R13
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • A Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting after 5.00 pm weekdays, all weekend sessions
  • (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Full Price: $17.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $15.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00
  • B Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting before 5.00 pm weekdays or of a shorter duration and others as indicated.
  • Full Price: $14.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $13.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00

Check out the best Māori and Pasifika short films in this year’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Competition.
Six short films from Aotaroa and the Pacific have been selected by co-curators Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival.

Ngā Whanaunga is a competitive section of the Festival and films are eligible for the Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film ($3000 cash prize), as judged by a jury. Audience members at Auckland and Wellington screenings will also vote for the winner of the Letterboxd Audience Award, a cash prize of $1000.

“Every year the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika collection of short films showcases both emerging talent and those at the top of their game working towards a first feature. This year is no exception, with filmmakers of New Zealand Māori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island origins. We are excited to present this year’s collection, diverse in genre – drama, thriller, sci-fi, experimental – and diverse in viewpoint. Mauri Ora!” — Leo Koziol

Films are listed in the order that they will screen. Curator comments on each film appear in italics.

Perfect Storm

Director/Editor: Morag Brownlie | Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 | Cast: Pita Turei, Te Hookioi Graham-Ratahi | Producers: Morag Brownlie, Pita Turei | Photography: Phill Prendeville | 14 mins

Walking into the unknown, during the perfect storm of the pandemic, the beauty of nature and connectivity of humanity endures.
“A landscape lullaby evokes union between people, land, sea & sky.” — CF


Director/Screenplay: Alex Liu | Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 | Cast: Kali Kopae, Calvin Tuteao | Producer: Ben van de Laar | Cinematography: Simon Godsiff | Editor: Betsy Bauer | 20 mins

In a world blanketed in thick, deadly smog, a woman attempts to leave her abusive relationship behind.

“The environment and tormentor imprisons, escape is the greater of two evils.” — CF


Director/Producer: Jade Jackson | Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 | Cast: Mikayla Aitogi-Wilson, Biondi Sio | Screenplay: Esteban Jaramillo-Ulloa | Cinematography: Jess Charlton | Editor: Christopher Hines | 9 mins

An intimate look into a police raid on a Pacific Island family, through the eyes of a young girl and her father.

“We remember the days, the 1970s raids, in hope they will not return.” — LK 

Burning of the Gods

Director: Karin Williams | Aotearoa New Zealand 2022 | Cast: Te Marama Rio, Terepoto Williams, Anna Rasmussen | Screenplay: John Pule | Producer: Sharlene George | Cinematography: Fred Renata | Editor: Ethan Renata | 7 mins

With his island at risk from industrial tourism and environmental degradation, a boy travels back in time to reconnect with his ancestors.
“A return to Gods of long ago, cryptic in beauty and honest in perspective.” — CF

A Morning with Aroha

Director/Screenplay: Nicholas Riini | Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 | Cast: Iti Pounamu Peyroux, Hineteariki McCorkindale, Amanda Billings, Anaru Barton | Producers: Diana Baynton, Nicholas Riini | Cinematography: George Hennah | Editor: Francis Glenday | 11 mins

A bullied young girl finds her creative outlet and with a little bit of magic brings her imaginary world to life.

“A delight from start to finish, the world of Aroha blossoms for all to see.” — LK 

The Difference Between Pipi & Pūpū

Director/Screenplay: Tajim Mohammed-Kapa | Aotearoa New Zealand 2022 | Cast: Calvin Tuteao, Richard Te Are | Producer: Angela Cudd | Cinematography: Bevan Crothers | Editor: India Fremaux | 15 mins

Called to his father’s deathbed, an estranged son must find the courage to resolve the conflict between him and his father before it’s too late.
“Sometimes farewell means forgiveness, but the journey is arduous.” — LK

2022 | 79 min

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